“Resistant” is the key word here; veneers are by no means stain-proof and preserving their polished sheen requires regular consideration and maintenance. Porcelain is naturally non-porous, meaning that the surface of porcelain veneers is very tightly sealed and can successfully prevent chemicals, liquids, and other substances from seeping into the structure. The surface also repels liquids, causing them to fall off rather than cling to it.
Can the shade be adjusted?
Yes, the shade can be adjusted. Dentists are able to adjust the shade of one’s veneers before they have bonded with the patient’s teeth. However, once the veneers have been bonded, it is not possible to adjust the shade. This means that if the patient desires a shade that is lighter than their normal shade, any whitening procedures should take place before the veneers have been placed.
So, can they stain?
As time progresses, small amounts of certain substances (like the tar in cigarettes or the acids in certain beverages) will stick to the veneer. Once something stains the surface it makes it easier for other materials to cling to it, resulting in a growing stain. However, these stains are minor and can be easily fixed during a routine dental visit.
Regular maintenance is crucial
Veneers are stain resistant, but not stain-proof. They are definitely still prone to wear and scratching. One should always take care to look out for and minimize behavior that could result in staining or scratching. Scratching one’s veneer erodes the glazing, making them more prone to staining, resulting in the need for more frequent maintenance and potential treatment.
What results in staining and how does one combat staining?
To help your veneers maintain their glossy sheen, monitor the intake of substances that would normally stain, like coffee, tea, wine, soda, and cigarettes–the use of a straw when drinking dark-colored beverages is also a good idea as it helps liquids bypass the teeth entirely. Maintenance-wise, it is best to adhere to a specific hygienic schedule as recommended by one’s dentist. One should also talk to their dentist about what toothpaste is best for them, as some contain erosive compounds that could potentially scratch veneers.
Always remember that it is extremely important to see a dentist regularly regarding treatment of your porcelain veneers. Most staining problems can be fixed with a simple polishing.